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Microscopy Images: (Left) Oak Leaf Surface, (Right) Mouse Brain Neurons
Oak leaf surface (L) and neurons of a mouse brain (R) Credit: Jason Kirk

New USPS stamps have Baylor College of Medicine connection

Graciela Gutierrez


Houston, TX -

The U.S. Postal Service announced seven new stamp subjects for 2023, and this round there is a Houston connection. Two images produced by Jason Kirk, Director of the Optical Imaging & Vital Microscopy Core at Baylor College of Medicine, were chosen as part of the Life Magnified category.
They are among 20 different images chosen by the USPS that capture details of life undetectable by the human eye. They are taken with microscopes and highly specialized photographic techniques that can capture the fine details found in nature and in many cases used in scientific research.
One of Kirk’s images shows the colorful details of an oak leaf surface. Read more about his process in creating this image. His other shows the detailed neurons of a mouse brain.
This isn’t the first time Kirk’s images have garnered attention. He has also been awarded first place, among other rankings, in the Nikon Small World Photo Competition in past years.

His images were produced in the Optical Imaging & Vital Microscopy Core at Baylor, which provides researchers vital imaging of cellular processes.

Read more about the other new USPS stamps chosen this round.

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